Two Bellevue couples — unrelated except that they both were expecting babies — spent New Year's Eve bringing into the world what are thought to be the Omaha metro area's first new boy and new girl of 2013.
Kayla and Ross Ray, ages 24 and 26, said they drove the few blocks to the Bellevue Medical Center shortly after her water broke about 10:30 p.m. on Monday .
At one minute into the new year, Colton Alexander Ray arrived, all 6 pounds and 18˝ inches of him.
The father, an Air Force staff sergeant stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, said they had been joking recently that the baby, not due until Jan. 25, would arrive just late enough to deny the family a 2012 tax deduction. “And he did.”
The Rays, who have lived in the area about four years, have an elder son, Wyatt, 21 months old, who went with them to the hospital because “there was no one to watch him,” Ross Ray said.
That's OK, Ray said, because “the military teaches you multitasking.”
He said Wyatt slept through Colton's arrival.
“He's pretty excited” to have a new brother, his mother said Tuesday. “He'll give him a kiss.”
As for the first girl born in the metro area this year, Mia Joselyn Garcia arrived at 1:51 a.m. at Creighton University Medical Center, weighing 8 pounds and stretching 19 inches long.
Her parents, Saida Magareno, 26, and Matias Garcia, 40, who also have lived in Bellevue for about four years, were expecting the baby on Dec. 31.
Labor began about 7 p.m. that day, but Mia waited for the new year to arrive.
“I'm very joyful, very happy,” said Magareno, a homemaker.
Magareno and Garcia, a construction worker, have another daughter, Joslenne, 3˝, who also was born at Creighton and is excited to have a sister, their mother said.
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